Board of Directors


Sally Zahner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Chair

Calstar Products
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

  • Architect
  • LEED for Schools Advocate
  • Served as LEED Administrator on over a dozen LEED projects


Mason Statham, LEED AP BD+C and Homes - Past Chair

Director of Sustainability
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction
Biloxi, Mississippi

  • LEED for Homes Advocate
  • Serves as LEED AP on 25 LEED NC Projects
  • Has certified 736 LEED Homes
 Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird, PE, LEED AP BD+C - Vice Chair

Structural Engineer & Principal
Laird + Smithers, Inc.
Jackson, Mississippi

  • Participated in several LEED Certified Projects as a Structural and Civil consultant.


Raul Crespo, LEED AP - Treasurer

Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Ridgeland, Mississippi


Hans Palacios - Secretary

Gulfport, Mississippi


Harry Lee James, PE

Executive Director
Mississippi Concrete Industries Association
Canton, Mississippi

  • Registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor with more than 35 years of experience in transportation and engineering (public & private sectors)
  • Served as both Bridge Engineer and Deputy Executive Director/ Chief Engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation
  • Civil Engineer Graduate of Mississippi State University
  • Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton
  • Board of Directors Chairman of the First Presbyterian Kindergarten
  • Resides in Madison County with his wife Cynthia and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Lauren
 Bo Smith

Walter 'Bo' Smith, Jr.

Licensed Mortgage Originator
Jackson, Mississippi

  • Licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the District of Columbia
  • Energy Star Preferred Lender
  • Certified Continuing Education instructor in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama
  • Specializes in 203(k) rehabilitation loans and Energy Efficient Mortgages
  • Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Associate

Chris Ratzlaff

Gulf States Manufacturers
Starkville, Mississippi


Miranda Grieder - Green Schools Chair

Grieder Design Studio LLC
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Patricia Hughes, LEED AP - USGBC Southeast Representative

Business Development Manager
Eley Guild Hardy Architects
Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi
  • Currently serving as Treasurer of the MS USGBC Chapter
  • Started the South Branch of the MS USGBC Chapter
  • Currently serving as Chair for South Branch

Jeff Seabold, LEED AP - USGBC Southeast Associate Representative

Seabold Architectural Studio
Jackson, Mississippi
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